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US envoy says Israel to implement deconfliction mechanism for Gaza aid workers

US special envoy David Satterfield told Al-Monitor that a deconfliction mechanism would take effect shortly in Gaza, where Israel's military campaign has killed more than 100 United Nations staff.
The new US Ambassador to Turkey David M. Satterfield (L) leaves after a wreath-laying ceremony at the Mausoleum of the Turkish Republic's founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (Anitkabir), in Ankara, on Sept. 4, 2019.

WASHINGTON — Israel will implement a more robust deconfliction mechanism to protect the movement of aid workers in the Gaza Strip, a senior US official told Al-Monitor on Tuesday. 

“We realized and we impressed upon Israel that more had to be done; there needed to be a single, coordinated, functional deconfliction mechanism," said David Satterfield, the newly appointed US special envoy for Middle East humanitarian issues. 

"It happens in other areas of conflict and it needs to happen now,” Satterfield said in a webinar hosted by Al-Monitor

The Israeli military’s air and ground campaign in Gaza, now in its second month, has killed more than 13,000 people, including at least 5,500 children, according to the Hamas-run Health Ministry. 

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